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Dr. John A Krynitsky
Viewing: April 23, 2019 (Tuesday) from 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Service: April 24, 2019 (Wednesday) at 10:30 a.m.
Location: St. Nicholas Cathedral, 3500 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

Dr. John A. Krynitsky 

Dr. John A. Krynitsky (100) died April 18, 2019.  A longtime resident of the town of Somerset, MD, Dr. Krynitsky was born on June 15, 1918 at Far Rockaway Beach, Long Island, New York.  He was the son of Col. Alexander I. Krynitsky of the imperial Russian Army who was on a military mission in the United States during WW1.  John spent a major portion of his childhood and youth living in a shuttered mansion on 16th. Street, Washington, D.C. which housed the former embassy of the Czarist government and later of the Kerensky regime, which is now the home of the Russian Ambassador to the U.S.  Following the Russian revolution and the rise of the communists, the embassy was closed.  Col. Krynitsky was asked to remain as caretaker for an indefinite future.  In time, the shuttered embassy came to act as a “magnet” and focal point for several Russian émigrés and escapees from communism.   The Krynitsky family lived there until 1933 when the communist government was recognized by the U.S. and the building turned over to the Soviets. With that occurrence, the family promptly vacated and moved to Somerset, MD.
Dr. Krynitsky graduated from the former Central High School, Washington, D.C. in 1935; entered the University of Maryland and finished in 1939 with a B.S. in chemistry.  From there he continued at the University of North Carolina and in 1943 earned a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry.  
Upon completion of his Ph.D. degree, Dr. Krynitsky served 21 yrs. (1943-64) at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Anacostia, D.C., both as a naval officer and as a civilian chemist, and 3 yrs. (1964-67) as a staff specialist in the Office of the Director for Research and Engineering, Office of Secretary of Defense, where he was responsible for the review and evaluation of Military Service programs in the fields of petroleum fuels and lubricants.  While at NRL, he headed the Aviation Fuels section and carried out numerous fuel researches and was effective in solving several Naval and Air Force operational problems.  Related to this, he was the “father” of what is known as the “Water Separometer Test” which measures the water shedding quality of Jet Fuels.  This test was accepted by both the petroleum and aviation industries as a vital safety measure and incorporated into virtually all military and commercial jet fuel specifications.  He served as the chief technical consultant to a joint Army-Air Force project formed to determine the destructive effects of microorganisms in jet fuels on aircraft refueling systems.  Earlier, he worked on chemical warfare agents and developed the portable “Navy Gas Detector Kit” for the detection of these agents.  He also participated in the preparation and study of several exotic high energy chemical fuels.
In his last position, he served as technical director of theDefense Fuel Supply Center, Alexandria, VA., for 14 yrs. (1967 -81) where he had primary responsibility for assuring that the U.S. Government worldwide procurements of petroleum fuels and lubricants conformed to contractual requirements from both qualitative and quantitative aspects.  As such, he developed and administered the inspection procedures used in these procurements and exercised staff supervision and technical control over DFSC quality assurance representatives located in many important petroleum centers throughout the world.  In addition, he represented the Center on numerous committees, boards and research/development teams and conducted special studies which produced comprehensive reports on such subjects as the “Standardization of Petroleum Fuels” and “Waste Oil Recycling”.   On several occasions, Dr. Krynitsky testified as a technical expert on fuels before Senatorial committees and served as an expert technical witness in behalf of the Government in a patent dispute.   
Throughout his career, Dr. Krynitsky received numerous honors and awards.   The more important of these include the “Meritorious Civilian Service Award” by the Defense Logistics Agency, the ASTM “Award of Merit” and the honorary title of “Fellow” (highest ASTM honor), the“Certificate of Merit” by the Joint Military Logistic Commanders, and the “Order of St. Innocent” (highest honor bestowed to a layman by the Orthodox Church in America).  He has over forty-five technical publications to his credit, in the fields of organic chemistry and petroleum fuels and two patents.
In addition to the technical world, Dr. Krynitsky participated in a variety of civic matters. He was a long-time member of the Russian Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas, Washington, D.C. and served on the board of trustees for over 35 years and for 25 of these was treasurer.  This time covered the periods when the St. Nicholas Cathedral on Massachusetts Ave. was constructed, properties acquired and the Cathedral exquisitely decorated with beautiful iconography. During the period 1965 through 1975, John represented the town of Somerset on the Bethesda Fire Board where he chaired the committee dealing with equipment and the purchase of fire trucks and the like.  

Survivors include his son, Alexander Krynitskydaughter-in-law Melanie Krynitsky, and two grandchildren, Jonathan (Lara Magill) and Stephanie Krynitsky.  Katherine Krynitsky, wife of 57 years, pre-deceased Dr. Krynitsky in 2006.
All services will be at:
St. Nicholas Cathedral
3500 Massachusetts Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20007
Tuesday April 23
4:00-5:00 pm Visitation
5:00 pm Panikhida 
Wednesday April 24
10:30 am Funeral Services
Burial (directly following funeral) at 
Rock Creek Cemetery
201 Allison St NW,
Washington, DC 20011
on Cemetery's road "Rock Creek 21"
Repast is back at St. Nicholas Cathedral
(directly following burial)
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to John and Katherine Krynitsky Memorial Fund”. Please make checks payable to:
St. Nicholas Cathedral
3500 Massachusetts Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20007

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